How do you talk to your students/young kids about race and racism?
Picture books and TV shows are a great place to start. Point out who is being represented and who is not. Ask them about their experiences and thoughts. They probably know a lot more than you think they do. Clear up misconceptions they may have. Kids are very honest about how they feel at young ages. This is an opportunity to learn. Thank them for their honesty, even if they express ideas that you don’t agree with and talk to them about why those ideas are acceptable or unacceptable. Talk about the difference between bullying and racism. Teach white kids to stand up against racism and to call it out when they see it. Teach Black kids and kids of color to advocate for themselves against racism.